US Health Secretary tests positive for COVID while traveling to Germany | OMCP News


Another member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet has tested positive for COVID-19.

President Joe Biden’s top health official tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, the latest member of his cabinet to be infected with the virus.

US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive during his visit to Berlin, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said. Becerra, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, had mild symptoms.

HHS spokeswoman Sarah Lovenheim said he would continue to work in isolation in Berlin.

Becerra was last in the White House last Thursday. He is not considered a close contact of Biden.

Becerra was in Berlin for a meeting of health ministers from wealthy Group of Seven countries on Thursday and Friday. The objective of the meeting is to learn lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, to protect vulnerable and unvaccinated people against COVID-19 and to reduce the pressure on health systems.

On Tuesday, Becerra met with German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach. He met separately with the head of Germany’s disease control agency, Lothar Wieler, two of the country’s top virus experts and the management of Berlin’s largest hospital, Charite.

None of their offices immediately responded to requests for comment.

Photos posted on social media of the meetings with Wieler showed the men standing close together outside without masks, but wearing masks indoors.

Before Berlin, Becerra attended a meeting of health ministers in Bali, Indonesia.

A wave of coronavirus cases has swept through Washington’s political class recently, infecting Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House staffers and lawmakers, including the President of the Nancy Pelosi House.

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